Personal Wellness Resources

Personal Wellness Resources

This page is designed to give you some resources to community outreach items available in Cass County and the surrounding area. This is not an exhaustive list. There may also be additional resources available. While we strive to keep the information as up to date as possible, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the resources below.

Cass County participates in the 211 resource line through the United Way. You may call 211 from any phone to be connected with a full listing of resources in your area.

  • Sexual Assault, Stalking, Domestic and Dating Violence

    Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services (24 hours)

    Phone: 269-783-8880 (x8880 on campus phones)

    Website: https://www.dasasmi.org

    Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services (DASAS) provides services in Cass and St. Joseph Counties in Michigan. DASAS provides advocacy, emergency shelter, and support groups for victims of Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence.

    Sexual Assault Hotline

    Phone: 855-VOICES4 (855-864-2374)

    Survivors of sexual assault and their friends and family may call the toll-free Sexual Assault Hotline provided by the state of Michigan for confidential support and resources. The hotline is staffed 24/7 by professional crisis counselors with specialized training in crisis intervention, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, victim's rights, health options, and Michigan law. Hotline staff can help connect victims with community-based sexual assault programs that offer additional counseling, advocacy, and support.

    United Way of Southwest Michigan

    Phone: 211 or 269-982-1700

    Website: https://www.uwsm.org/

    Dial 2-1-1 Website: https://www.mi211.org/

    2-1-1 information and referral service and crisis intervention for the following counties in Michigan: Allegan, Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren.

  • Suicide Prevention and Crisis Counseling

    Mental Health Therapy

    Free mental health therapy is available to all students. To request a session or to refer someone else, log in to Wired and click Student Resources then Wellness Therapy Request Form.

    Woodlands Behavioral Health Care (24-hours)

    Phone: 800-383-0335

    Website: http://www.woodlandsbhn.org

    Woodlands is the Cass County Community Mental Health Agency. They provide many services including a 24-hour crisis support hotline.

    The ARK (Kalamazoo)

    Phone: 800-873-8336

    Website: http://www.catholicfamilyservices.org/index.php/our-programs/the-ark-shelter-homeless-runaway-a-youth-in-crisis

    The Ark is physically located in Kalamazoo but serves youth and their families in nine counties across southwest Michigan. The Ark Shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is always available via the crisis line (above). The Ark works with runaway youth, homeless youth, and youth in crisis as well as their families.

    United Way of Southwest Michigan

    Phone: 211 or 269-982-1700

    Website: http://www.uwsm.org/

    Dial 2-1-1 Website: https://www.mi211.org/

    2-1-1 information and referral service and crisis intervention for the following counties in Michigan: Allegan, Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    Website: https://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.

  • Substance Abuse

    Woodlands Behavioral Health Care (24-hours)

    Phone: 800-383-0335

    Website: http://www.woodlandsbhn.org

    Woodlands is the Cass County Community Mental Health Agency. They provide many services including a 24-hour crisis support hotline.

    Southwest Michigan Area Narcotics Anonymous

    Phone: 800-230-4085

    Website: https://michigan-na.org/southwest-michigan-area/

    Southwest Michigan Area NA provides meetings in places all over southwest Michigan including Dowagiac and Niles. A full schedule of meetings is available on their webpage.

    Western Michigan Area Assembly Alcoholics Anonymous

    Phone: 800-837-4247

    Website: http://www.wmaa34.org

    This site contains information about Alcoholic Anonymous meetings throughout western Michigan including Dowagiac and Niles.

  • Sexual Health

    Community AIDS Resources and Education

    Phone: 269-927-2437

    Webpage: http://caresswm.org

    CARES provides free HIV/AIDs testing as well as support and life management programs for individuals with HIV/AIDS.

    Cass County Health Department

    Phone: 269-445-5280

    Website: https://www.vbcassdhd.org

    Provides STI and HIV testing and treatment, birth control and pregnancy testing. Income-based fees; nobody refused service.

    United Way of Southwest Michigan

    Phone: 211 or 269-982-1700

    Website: https://www.uwsm.org/

    Dial 2-1-1 Website: https://www.mi211.org/

    2-1-1 information and referral service and crisis intervention for the following counties in Michigan: Allegan, Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren.

  • Veteran's Resources

    Veteran's Crisis Hotline
    Phone: 800-273-8255
    Webpage: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

    Benton Harbor VA Medical Center (Community Based Output)
    115 W. Main Street
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    Phone: 269-934-9123

    Battle Creek VA Medical Center
    5500 Armstrong Road
    Battle Creek, MI 49015
    Phone: 616-966-5600

    South Bend VA Clinic (Community Based Outpatient Clinic)
    333 W Western Avenue
    South Bend, IN 46601
    Phone: 574-299-4947

    Goshen VA Clinic (Community Based Outpatient Clinic)
    2014 Lincolnway E #3
    Goshen, IN ‎
    Phone: 574-534-6108

  • Pregnancy

    Students who are pregnant have specific rights under Title IX of the United States Education Amendments of 1972. Students are encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator for students, Director of Security and Conduct Lyndon Parrish, at lparrish@swmich.edu or 269-782-1321. The Department of Education also has a website that can assist you:https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-know-rights-201306-title-ix.html

    Other organizations that can assist pregnant students with financial or physical needs:

    Cass County Health Department
    Phone: 269-782-0064
    Website: https://www.vbcassdhd.org
    Income-based fees, nobody refused service

    Berrien County Health Department
    Phone: 269-927-5623
    Website: http://www.bchdmi.org/278/Health-Department

    United Way of Southwest Michigan
    Phone: 211 or 269-982-1700
    Website: https://www.uwsm.org/
    Dial 2-1-1 Website: https://www.mi211.org/
    2-1-1 information and referral service and crisis intervention for the following counties in Michigan: Allegan, Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren.